The Scheig Center & Gardens, located at 1313 Witzke Blvd inside Appleton Memorial Park, display many unique horticultural and aesthetic features including a native rose garden, serenity butterfly garden, native wildflower garden, fragrance garden, Veterans memorial garden and a water feature. Benches placed throughout the grounds encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the colors, textures, varieties and fragrances of the plantings.

The Scheig Center Gardens are free and open to the public from 5:00 a.m. Р11:00 p.m. year round. We invite you to stroll through the theme gardens which have been designed to offer changing patterns of natural beauty throughout the year. Most of the plants featured are native to Wisconsin.

The friends of Scheig Center Gardens is an all-friend group dedicated to the preservation, sustainability and enhancement of the Gardens. The advisory committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. at the Scheig Center except in December to plan and direct the group’s activities in cooperation with Parks staff. Interested individuals are welcome to attend these meetings.

During the growing season, friends gather under the guidance of Park staff to tend the Gardens, planting, weeding, pruning and updating the beds, shrubs and other features every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. They also work hard to help keep invasive plant species at bay. While many of the volunteers are Master Gardeners, anyone who enjoys the company of fellow gardeners and who is willing to perform these tasks following the Parks’ plan is welcome and encouraged to join the friends.¬† The spring of 2022 will be a busy time for the volunteers as they prep for the Garden Walk talking place on Saturday, June 25.¬†¬†

Current Opportunities for Volunteer Involvement at The Scheig Center Gardens  

  • Gardens maintenance: weeding, mulching, deadheading, planting /transplanting, watering.
  • Bed Diagramming and identification: drawing the plant locations in beds and identifying any with which you are familiar.
  • Community Outreach: helping with garden tours or other educational programs.
  • Social media content contributor: providing photos and/or short accounts of flowers, animals or events in the gardens for use on the Friends Facebook or web pages.
  • Share Information: Do you have an area of expertise which would benefit the Gardens?
  • Become active on the Friends Steering Committee.
  • Education: Are you new to gardening and looking for a way to learn more? Our volunteers are very knowledgeable and happy to share with others. Join us and help make The Gardens a better place as you learn how to improve your own.

Please fill out the below form if you have an interest in a member of the Friends of the Scheig Gardens to contact you.

Friends of the Scheig Center Gardens Membership Application
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